Friday, July 1, 2011

Houseplant Survival Hope

I love houseplants! Unfortunately, houseplants have very short lives under my care. I tell myself that's OK, they are just cut flowers that last a little longer. My dilemma is that I recently bought a house that has an indoor atrium. This 5 foot by 5 foot area has a faucet, a drain and a skylight. I am afraid that since the average houseplant under my care lives only about 2 weeks this could become a very very expensive indoor gardening experiment. A lot of plants can fit in an area that size. Pima County Public Library has great books on indoor gardening. Find them by searching for the subject house plants.

I have checked out almost every title about growing houseplants in the Pima County Library system. My favorite book is The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants by Barbara Pleasant.

Each plant included in the book has a picture, a description and detailed care instructions including light, watering, room temperature and display tips. I think, however, that I will start with 37 Houseplants Even You Can't Kill by Mary Kate Hogan. These are the hardiest of all house plants. Surely even I can keep a plant alive that is named Cast Iron.

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